Greece stole the spotlight at the 10th National Travel Industry Awards on Saturday. The tourism industry’s premier event took place at the International Convention Centre, at Darling Harbour in Sydney, with more than 2,000 industry professionals attending the Gala Dinner. “Long live the travel agent”, said The Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief Jayson Westbury welcoming guests to the event, which recognises and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry.
But as any Gala Dinner of its kind, the AFTA NTIA doesn’t only feature talks and awards, but also entertainment. This year it was popstar Rickie-Lee who entertained as well, but also a group of traditional dancers from the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney. It was part of a special celebration of Greece as a “fantastic tourist destination, that any Australian should visit”, said Mr Westbury, pointing out that more than 30 million tourists will visit Greece in the following 12 months.
“We are very happy to be part of this significant event”, said Dr. Stavros Kyrimis, Greece’s Consul-General in Sydney. “Greece is a small country with a big embrace”.